COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Three Rivers Park District celebrated a milestone of its own last weekend.
On Saturday, local dignitaries helped cut the ribbon marking the completion of the Coon Rapids Dam rehabilitation project.
The $16 million project, which started more than three years ago, made major repairs to the dam's spillway. It also added new steel gates to allow the dam to function as an effective barrier to invasive species like Asian carp.
"I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the walkway over this incredible dam and how glad we are that it is reopened for public use," said Anoka County Board chair Rhonda Sivarajah. "It really symbolically represents the partnership with the Three Rivers Park District and the state and it also connects two of the most heavily used trails in the entire metropolitan area."
In addition to live music, food and fun activities, the public got a behind the scenes tour of the dam.
An estimated 750,000 people visit the parks on both sides of the river each year.
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